BreWedge (388) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a brownish/red with a miniscule white head. Aroma is sour fruit and band-aid (borrowed the term from another rating as it made sense). Taste is sour berries and malt vinegar. Nice tangy bite up front followed by a moderately sour/bitter finish. Unlike any sour I’ve tried before.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sour with some semi-sweet chocolate, mustiness, minerals, and coffee grounds
Appearance: dark, dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: very interesting--sourness with coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, maybe some red grape skins, and oak
Palate: smooth with sourness; interesting coffee grounds/semi-sweet chocolate chip aftertaste
Overall: interesting combination of flavors, never had a sour ale quite like this one.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009, batch 11. pours bright clear amber no head. aroma is earthy, sweet smoke, dark fruits. drinks heavy with earth, dark fruits, slightly tart plum. finishes lightly tart and dry.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 2005 (750ml).
Pours a hazy, very nice dark plum color, with a small head that fades away immediately. There’s a small ring that leaves behind a minimal lace. If it wasn’t for the color of this, it wouldn’t be that much to look at. On the second pour, which was a lot more aggressive, I was able to get a quarter inch head that disappeared just as quickly.
Smell; sour apples, tart cherries, oak and mildly alcoholic. Some spices are present, such as cinnamon and pepper.
Taste; as with the aroma lots of sour apples and tart cherries. The oak barrel flavor is very good, and there’s a definite acidic quality. There’s a touch of vinegar that kind of sits in the background, and this finishes with some mild spices and just a touch nutty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I don’t think that I’ve ever come cross a beer as drinkable as this one. I love tart flavors, and this style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, and so far this is the best I’ve yet had.
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: Right off the bat, big sour cherries and black dirt - strong, musty, fruity - very earthy; APPEARANCE: dark red-brown, murky, very little head and lacing; TASTE: Sour; PALATE: creamy, slightly spritzy, longish and a tad astringent, a tad.; OVERALL: I have had better - not really. This really works for me.
zickbeer_ye (364) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sour earthy berry with some metallic aroma. Egg she’ll head with a rust colored body. Tart white grape and berry flavor. Crisp and tart on the palate.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. The Godfather was on TV and Italy’s finest was in my glass. And, man, was it ever good. This one has everything you’d want in a sour ale. Beautiful pour, dark mahogany with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Great sour, yet subtly sweet aroma. Surprisingly, it starts with a fleeting caramel sweetness which quickly gives way to great tartness. Many Flemish sours tend to be heavy on the vinegar ... this one is tart and sour, but to say it’s vinegar-like would be an insult. Finishes bitter and sour and the bordeaux barrelling really shows itself. Very good beer.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium tan head with a dark brownish reddish cola color. Strong fermented apple nose. Tart Iron oaky vinegar sour cherry. Sours as it crosses the palate and expands. Very Balanced well in it’s sourness though. Dry oak on finish with sour trail.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my second favorite flanders beer......well it is up in the air between this and la folie....this is probally the best traditional example of this style that I have ever had....perfect balance of sweet and sour....great complexitys of the sourness......great great stuff too bad it is 18 bucks
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle labeled 2005. Pours murky faded copper/ rusty red color with a thin light tan bubbly head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, sour apple, dark fruit, earthiness, and malt. Flavor is immediately sour fruit, with yeasty, earthy notes, and a slightly bittering finish. Very well balanced.